Axelle Lemaire

Deputy Minister for Digital Affairs, French Government

Axelle Lemaire

Since April 2014, Axelle Lemaire is Deputy Minister for Digital Affairs in the French government.
Lemaire was elected MP in June 2012, representing the Third constituency for French overseas residents (Northern Europe) in the National Assembly, the lower house of the Parliament in Paris.

In the National Assembly, she acts as Secretary of the Law Commission and is also part of the European Affairs Committee. At the European Affairs Committee, she is rapporteur on the subject of digital economy. In fall 2013, she published a report on the European strategy for digital, and passed a unanimous parliamentary resolution on this issue.

In the National Assembly, she works the protection of fundamental rights and public freedoms, European policy, digital industries and innovation, entrepreneurship and banking regulation.
In the Law Commission, she was rapporteur of the banking law, and then responsible for the Socialist group of law transposing directives and for the international human rights group (that introduced crimes of slavery and forced labor in the criminal law). She also sponsored a law on equality between women and men.

A French and Canadian citizen, Lemaire grew up in Quebec and later moved to France. She studied Modern Literature and Political Science at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and then went on to study Law. She holds a Ph.D. in International Law at King's College (London) and a Law degree at the University Paris Sorbonne.

She practiced law as an international lawyer in law firms and academic research institutes and worked several years in the British House of Commons as a parliamentary aide.

Appointed Chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group France/Great Britain and Northern Ireland, she continues to maintain direct political dialogue with her British counterparts, to work for bilateral and European cooperation and friendship between our two countries .

Lemaire lived in England for 12 years. She has two children.


June 14, 2014
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